Climate Movement and Media Continue To Bolster Fossil Fuel Frames

2021-06-17T15:16:51+00:00June 16th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Framing|

I received an email from the New Yorker on a post by Bill McKibben. The subject line was “Big Oil’s Bad Day.” McKibben is the founder of 350.org of which I am an active member. He probably didn’t write the email subject line, but whoever did, fell into a [...]

How to Avoid the Journey and Go Directly to Climate Action

2021-06-09T17:33:50+00:00June 7th, 2021|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

I spend a lot of time around climate activists helping them with climate communications. Like most of us, their perceptions of where others are in their climate journey are based on where they are themselves. This is a common human characteristic. But if we want to move people to [...]

Is Your Climate Campaign Boring?

2021-05-04T16:12:55+00:00May 3rd, 2021|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging, Framing|

It’s possible. If your campaign isn’t boring, then don’t read this. But boring can be deadly. We live in an attention-based economy. 1000 messages a day compete for our attention and we respond to buzzes, rings, and the crisis of the minute, to say nothing of commercials of fat [...]

How We Can All Make Better Climate Posts on Facebook

2021-03-16T20:27:24+00:00March 15th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, General|

Chance are if you’re posting about climate on Facebook, you have positive intentions (deniers excepted) and want to avert the worst effects for our families, communities, and the planet. But sometimes the way we post has unintended consequences. Here are the three top mistakes we all make, and what [...]

The One Climate Communications Skill I Still Suck At

2021-03-07T18:48:56+00:00March 5th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

When my granddaughter Sol was five, she asked me a simple question, “Abba, where do babies come from?” “Hmmm?” I thought I knew the answer to this one, but my internal dialogue as a babysitter was “I should probably leave this to her mother?” As a grandfather, I was [...]

“Children, be worried when they call you America’s most valuable natural resource.”

2021-03-03T16:43:47+00:00March 2nd, 2021|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

Utah Phillips was a musician, a labor organizer, a story teller and a poet. Born in 1935, he spent part of his early life riding the rails. This quote of his is a favorite of mine. I believe it's a commencement address. It still rings true and is even [...]

The Climate Activist Issues Trap and How To Avoid Getting Caught

2021-03-01T17:53:39+00:00February 28th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Stories|

I’ve seen dozens of climate and environmental campaigns over the last 10 years. Almost every one falls into the issues trap. It’s the tactic of fighting a climate or environmental problem with facts and reason, rather than calling out the underlying violation of our values and telling a story. [...]

How We’re Screwing Renewables With Our Response to the Texas Big Freeze Grid Disaster

2021-02-22T17:56:03+00:00February 17th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Framing|

Once again, Charlie Brown climate media and communicators are trying to kick Lucy’s proverbial football as she yanks it away. Right wing fossil fuel sponsored Lucy is the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Their football frame is blaming Texas power outages on frozen wind turbines and renewables. What [...]

Natural Gas, Fossil Gas, or Methane… Which Should We Use?

2021-01-29T19:41:38+00:00January 29th, 2021|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

Do I smell a new frame being created? Reality and truth should be bedrocks in climate communications, but what we believe often informs reality. Words influence these beliefs and thus our collective reality. Choose words that unconsciously activate the wrong neurons in the brains of our audience and we [...]

The Coup Attempt is Not Over! Climate Champions – Let’s Pay Attention To Our Words.

2021-01-16T17:16:39+00:00January 13th, 2021|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Language|

Folks, the coup attempt to overthrow our democracy on January 6th by Trump traitors is not over! Not by a long shot. The battle is now being waged in the words we use to describe what happened, and will determine what happens next. For those in the climate movement [...]

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